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For 35 Years, People Make the Difference

  Bill Major volunteered at Neighbor for Neighbor while he was in high school. During that time its director, Dan Allen mentored him. Later, Bill joined a Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry taskforce on hunger. The taskforce identified that food banking was a crucial element to help feed the hungry, and Dan ultimately hired Bill to run the emerging food bank. Under Bill’s leadership from 1981-1990, the various food pantries and services were pulled together into a single efficient network, there were…

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Food Bank Board Member’s Fight Against Hunger and For Hope

Donna Jackson is an active member of the Food Bank Board of Directors and committed to making significant improvements to Tulsa through her volunteer efforts and community initiatives. In addition, to her commitment to the Food Bank and running her own income tax and real estate businesses, Donna also founded NorthTulsa100. NorthTulsa100 was established in order to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Fall of Black Wall Street (Tulsa Race Riot of 1921). The non-profit is committed to attracting 100…

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A Discussion with Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Click here to listen to this interview on Public Radio Tulsa.  On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to welcome Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank, as it’s commonly known, is the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. It’s been around since 1981. As noted at this nonprofit’s website: “Our vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans…. With locations in Tulsa and McAlester, we provide food…

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Feeding kids with food trucks

June 1, 2016 by Eileen Bradshaw Click here to read this story via Feeding America  The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma operates two food trucks throughout the year, providing fresh healthy meals to its neighbors facing hunger. In the summer months, children become the priority, and the food bank sends its trucks to low-income communities that have a large population of young children. In Tulsa, the largest city in the food bank’s service area, there is a two-week gap between the…

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Food Bank Receives Partner of the Year Award

Partners in Education, an organization with the goal of connecting schools with businesses and organizations to increase the quality of education, awarded the Food Bank the prestigious Partner of the Year Award. The Food Bank is the first partner to be nominated by two schools, Memorial High School and Penn Elementary.   In her nomination of the Food Bank, Memorial Special Education teacher, Karen Martin, highlighted the Food Bank’s efforts in teaching students about food, nutrition, and preparation as well…

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Carol Friesen

The Backpack Program is one of the most popular services of the Food Bank both in terms of volunteers and for generous donations. Looking ahead, Food for Kids distributions will become even more critical as many school districts contemplate the idea of a four-day school week which will greatly impact students on free and reduced lunch. Carol and Duane Friesen helped propel the Backpack Program in the early days. Carol Friesen was an early advocate, supporter and leader of the Backpack…

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Battling for the Cause

Battling for the Cause       By Peter Addison, Currentland Click here to read this story on Currentland. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will host its third annual Battle of the Bands at the historic Cain’s Ballroom on Friday, May 27. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will stage a variety of up-and-coming local musicians. Bands and singer/songwriters will compete for an opportunity to perform at a local music venue and also for the chance to…

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Long-Time Food Bank Supporter Uses Talent To Feed Hungry Oklahoma Families

BY: TERRY HOOD, NEWS ON 6 Click here to view this story on Newson6. Tuesday night marked the 20th anniversary of Empty Bowls – the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Last year’s event raised enough money to provide 1.5 million meals for hungry families in eastern Oklahoma. This year they’re asking for help as well. For Paul Stevenson, being able to stand before a table saw in his workshop is a modern-day…

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Four day school week creates hunger issue

KTUL 3/14/2016 BY Kimberley  Jackson    Click here to view this story on KTUL  Many schools are considering four-day school weeks to save money, during the budget shortfall from the State of Oklahoma. But as schools shorten their weeks, there is concern that students may go hungry that extra off day. At Catoosa Middle School, administrators are anticipating starting next year with a four day week. They are concerned about hunger and their students both now and then. “If we…

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Tulsa food bank chosen as site for national conference

By JESSICA RODRIGO | World Scene Writer   04/05/2016 Click here to read this story via the Tulsa World. Chefs who head community food banks will visit Tulsa to share ideas and discuss challenges Thursday and Friday during a national conference. This year, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa will host the 2016 Community Kitchen Conference, which was hosted last year in Las Vegas, according to a news release. One of the primary reasons the Food…

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